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Jon Chapman
Senior Consultant

I have worked at senior level both in private practice (with Clifford Chance) and in-house in the energy and media industries. 

I have extensive experience both in Corporate matters, such as mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, and in Commercial matters, including asset sale and purchase agreements and contracts for the supply of goods and services. 

I have also advised on a number of capital projects in the energy industry, with associated engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, including on industry standard forms (such as FIDIC).

I have advised on mergers, acquisitions and disposals in a wide range of sectors, from insurance services and financial to business services and industrial. As an in-house lawyer, I managed and negotiated very high-value acquisitions and disposals of industrial assets, and print and other media assets. Being heavily involved in mergers, acquisitions and disposals as a company executive and user of external legal services has given me a very good insight into what a client really wants and needs from its legal advisers when it is buying and selling assets.

I have advised extensively on the raising of finance through equity issues, including listed companies, dealing with primary listings, reverse takeovers/re-listings, and placings, and associated public company/LSE compliance matters.

I have also advised companies, management teams and venture capital providers on both MBOs and other investment, and associated joint venture arrangements or shareholder agreements; for example, I recently advised a business on a venture capital-sourced convertible loan facility, with security documentation, and a new shareholders’ agreement involving the lender as a party.

I have very wide experience of advising on and drafting all forms of commercial contract, from distributorship and agency agreements to standard terms of business to sector-specific forms of contract such as agreements for the purchase of fuel, the sale of feedstock, utilities and industrial services and the licensing of copyrighted content.

I have advised on a number of capital projects, including development of two large-scale combined-cycle gas turbine power stations, with matters ranging from EPC contracts and connection agreements to compliance with procurement rules and community and planning matters. I have recently acted for a private equity-financed wood-chip biomass energy company operating a district heat network, and supplying steam to a large commercial customer, advising them on a wide range of matters including an EPC contract, finance lease structures, and the purchase of a combined heat and power unit.